Sophos UTM Initial Setup

ZaherEL Bsat
Pre-Sales Manager | Infrastructure and Security at National Information Technology Company
The initial setup of Sophos UTM is straightforward for both versions, the XG & UTM. In addition, they both provide a proper manual. In the beginning, seven years back, Sophos UTM wasn't straightforward for beginners. You had to be already excellent in security. Now, it is very easy because you install the IP address, you log in, and you do the initial setup by routine. These days its much easier than in the past but not everyone that has a firewall is secured. If you do it properly by choosing the right network, the right topology, and the right firewall rules, Sophos UTM will work. There are orders for most of the rules. For example, if you put a deny rule below an allow rule, you are not going to have the proper result. Sophos UTM requires knowledge. It's easy to deploy but also there is a responsibility on the person who is deploying to understand. You must have the knowledge of security and networking, to make sure that the solution is working properly. Sophos UTM is very easy compared to other vendors somehow. In our environment, we have defined previously the VLAN rules on our sheets because we had another firewall. In the beginning, we just copied the current rules and then enhanced them slowly so deployment took place quickly. After fixing the appliance physically on the rack, it took one hour to be up and running and ready based on the rules. If you are a small environment that would take you less than 20 minutes. It all depends on how many rules you have, how many demands, how many users, and public services. For example: if you have five websites, the main server, and a starter business, you might need more time because you would need to define the rules properly. It all depends on how complex your environment is. Sophos UTM is easy and straightforward for me and for somebody who is certified on security levels. View full review »
Joseph Mallozzi
Project Engineer
Initial configuration was super simple. I am a network engineer, so simple to me may not be simple to someone who does not understand routing and switching. When we were told we were switching to Sophos UTM, I downloaded a trial of the virtual firewall and was able to get it up and running in about an hour with no prior training. After actually going to the training courses provided by Sophos, configuration became even easier. View full review »
Ayodele Mumuni
Snr Dev Ops Engineer at a tech services company
For a user who hasn't done it before, it may be a bit complex but with a general understanding of networks, it was fine. However, when you build everything up using the AWS version (setup), it actually does not work until you write it on the Sophos UTM and in the networking, you have to change the source destination check. You have to do that at the end of it, but there is nowhere in the documentation or anything where it tells you that. It was just somebody happened to find that out. It is a pretty straightforward setup, but it should be some sort of documentation that takes you step-by-step to help set it up for your VPC. There really is not that much difference setting it up in different VPCs, but there is not enough information out there. It is a very good solution that a lot of people would be using more of except you are doing different things, and you have to try and figure it out yourself. The support, there is none; AWS themselves, they support it the best, because they have some knowledge of it, but they do not fully support it because it is not their product. It is a third-party product. View full review »
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Anthony Petecca
Manager IT and Security at Health Street
The initial integration and configuration of Sophos in our AWS environment was incredibly easy. They give you a license key and a file. You download that file on the operating system type that you're trying to install it on. Install it and it's done. There's nothing else at all to do. It gets auto-configured for you. View full review »
Juan C. Sanchez Pignalosa
CEO And Founder at Advisor Consulting Group Corp
The initial setup is straightforward. Sophos brand is well known in the market for being a unique and powerful tool that is simple to deploy and manage. This is what makes it different from any other vendors. The Sophos UTM, comes with a deployment "Wizard for Dummies" since it show the wizard at the initial setup, and in less than three minutes, you can have your box up and running. Also for Policies deployment, you are clicks away to customize your security settings. View full review »
Scott Rouse
Architecture and DevOps at
It integrated well with AWS. The documentation was a little fuzzy on getting it to work with how the whole public exposure versus private exposure, then routing some of the traffic. However, once you read the documentation carefully, it comes out well. This goes back to the UI issue. View full review »
M.K. Goyal
Asst General Manager(C&IT) at NMDC Iron & Steel Plant
The initial setup was complex as different VLANs had to be created for the business network, wireless network for corporate users, wireless network for guest users, and a separate VLAN for the communications network and the VC. QoS had to be enabled for different type of services. In addition, link load balancing was also configured and tested for internet lease lines and intranet MPLS lease lines. View full review »
Md. Dipu Khan
The initial setup was done with our engineers, they also set up that server firewall. The setup was straightforward. View full review »
CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The initial configuration is straightforward thanks to the web GUI. In 30 minutes, you can have a running firewall with UTM protection enabled. View full review »
Max Pupov
DevOps at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The configuration was pretty complex on my side compared to OpenVPN. However, this might imply that Sophos has more use cases and capabilities. It depends. View full review »
Ian Cowley
Slow because of GUI and lack of .csv style object import. View full review »
Maroun Abboud
Data Department Manager at BTC Networks
For me, the installation and setup is simple. I work hard to do the simulation for the customer, and discuss all the requirements before implementation with the client. View full review »
Martin Lindemann Frederiksen
It Forum Gruppen A/S
It is straightforward. There is a wizard running at first boot, making it easy for you to select the level of protection you want. View full review »
Milos Lichtenstein
IT SM & Security Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
You can use the wizard which will guide you through all the initial settings. View full review »
Darren Weiner
Solutions Architect at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The integration and configuration of this product on our AWS environment is a little clunky right now. The product is a standalone in terms of integration. View full review »
Security Architect at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The implementation with the AWS environment was good. We haven't had any issues with deployment. View full review »
IT Security Specialist at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It was easy to set up and quite straightforward. View full review »
Neeraj Panwar
Cloud Network Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The initial setup of this solution was easy. It was not complex. View full review »
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